In Illinois, drunk driving is penalized by both administrative and criminal consequences. If you were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you may face fees and jail time. Your driver’s license may also be revoked. Once your license is revoked, it is illegal to drive. Driving with a revoked license can lead to further criminal penalties. Fortunately, you may be able eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit.
A Restricted Driving Permit May Get You Back on the Road Legally
Losing the ability to drive can be a major burden. Most people drive multiple times a day to go to work, transport their kids to and from school, attend medical appointments, and more. The most important benefit of a Restricted Driving Permit is that it can get a person back on the road without needing to break the law.
Illinois Recently Updated the RDP Rules
Restricted driving permits used to be more restrictive than they are now. Before 2022, drivers always had to prove that they were experiencing an extreme hardship due to the loss of their driving privileges. However, now, the RDP allows you to drive for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week without needing to prove a hardship exists in certain cases.
Restricted Driving Permits Are Sometimes Required
If your license was revoked due to two or more DUIs, it is especially difficult to get your license reinstated. Illinois wants to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road as much as possible. Therefore, you will need to prove that you will not reoffend. People with multiple DUIs on their record may be required to get an RDP for five years before they qualify for full license reinstatement.
You Will Need to Attend a Secretary of State Hearing to Get an RDP
Unlike a suspension, a driver’s license revocation is indefinite. If you want to regain the ability to drive legally after a revocation, you must request license reinstatement through the Illinois Secretary of State. Informal hearings are held on a walk-in basis and conducted by a hearing officer.
You May Need to Have a BAIID Installed
A breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) is a device that measures the amount of alcohol on a driver’s breath. It is essentially a breathalyzer that is installed in your vehicle. You must breathe into the device and prove that you are not under the influence to start the car. If the device detects alcohol, the car will not start. BAIIDs are required for an RDP if the person has two or more DUIs on their record.
Contact an Aurora License Reinstatement Lawyer
If your driver’s license was revoked due to DUI, contact Law Office of Patricia Magaña, LLC for help. Will County DUI attorney Patricia Magaña can help you seek driving relief. Call 630-448-2001 for a free consultation.